how to prepare air conditioner for summer

One of the basic laws of physics states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The same is true when it comes to our home HVAC systems.

In our last blog, we educated homeowners on how to properly shut down their heating system for the spring and summer months. Today, we will look on the flip side of this, and explain what you can do to prepare your air conditioner for the long season ahead:

  • Change your air filters. Replacing your air filters is one of the easiest and most important parts of maintaining your cooling system. Dirty air filters limit fresh air intake and increase wear-and-tear, which can spike your energy bills and lead to breakdowns. For best results, clean or replace your air filters once per month.
  • Clean the condenser coils. The condenser coils on your air conditioner are responsible for releasing heat. During the offseason, it is common for dust and dirt to accumulate on these coils, which can hinder the performance of your entire system. Refer to your owner’s manual for instructions on how to locate and clean your condenser coils.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. The beginning of spring is the perfect time to invest in a programmable thermostat for your home. These devices enable you to preset your desired temperature for different times of the day and days of the week, allowing you to reduce energy usage when it isn’t needed (such as when the house is empty).
  • Switch your ceiling fans. Did you know you can change which direction your ceiling fan spins? What seems like a small change can actually have a significant impact on your energy bill. Set your blades to rotate counterclockwise during the warmer months; this pushes air down into the room and creates a cooling breeze.
  • Schedule a professional tune-up. The best way to prepare your air conditioner for the summer season is by scheduling a tune-up with the professionals at Tri-City Heating & Cooling. Our technicians will examine every aspect of your cooling system, and make any necessary repairs and improvements to keep you running in tip-top shape.

Ready to schedule a cooling system tune-up with Tri-City Heating & Cooling? Click here to contact us online, or call (203) 582-4269.